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Old 12 January 2014, 11:07   #1
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Radio antennae

So we drove down from the hills in derbyshire to join at least 15 other boats no doubt with collectively more years ribbing
experience than the total age of the four of us that cramped onto our 4.8 m ribcraft .

I meant to tap in on all that experience whilst down there to ask several dozen questions . Got there towed Chris back to shore (ouch) and then set off . Got such a buzz from my first proper outing that I completely forgot to ask any questions at all .

My main priority now is to get the fixed radio I have bought fitted. Looking at some io the other ribs I am guessing that I will need an antennae . I have an a frame on the back , does anyone out there have any suggestions on what type is best .
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Old 12 January 2014, 11:19   #2
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id say go for a decent fibreglass one rather than the rib raider type. ive had both and the fibreglass type are much better, but due to the extra weight of them, make sure you go for a stainless mount rather than a nylon one - they break!
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Old 12 January 2014, 11:23   #3
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id say go for a decent fibreglass one rather than the rib raider type. ive had both and the fibreglass type are much better, but due to the extra weight of them, make sure you go for a stainless mount rather than a nylon one - they break!
Cheers . Would you mount it to the A frame ? Is there an optimum length assuming that I mount to the top of the A frame
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Similarly we've never bothered with the Ribraider type aerials but we've had bad experiences with fibreglass shattering on us.

If you thing the boat will be working hard for the type of trips you are making then I would consider the single wire ones, primarily used on yacht masts.

We've used these for years and NEVER had one break on us. The extra height is a bonus when it comes to range as well.

We have kept a smaller raider one on board if the main one breaks as well. Both are mounted through the plate on top of the A frame with the cable routed down inside one of the tubes.

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Similarly we've never bothered with the Ribraider type aerials but we've had bad experiences with fibreglass shattering on us.

If you thing the boat will be working hard for the type of trips you are making then I would consider the single wire ones, primarily used on yacht masts.

We've used these for years and NEVER had one break on us. The extra height is a bonus when it comes to range as well.

We have kept a smaller raider one on board if the main one breaks as well. Both are mounted through the plate on top of the A frame with the cable routed down inside one of the tubes.

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Had those on both of my RIBs and never had a problem with them.
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Honestly, would not bother with anything else; difference when I replaced my Rib Raider was incredible. I also use one of these for my AIS base station too - again very good.

Salty John: Metz Manta Marine VHF Antenna plus Metz AIS antenna and other fine boat and yacht chandlery products.
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[pedantry] The plural of antenna is 'antennas' when it comes to things transmitting/receiving radio: the things on the heads of insects are 'antennae' (or 'antennŠ' should you wish)[/pedantry].

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[pedantry] The plural of antenna is 'antennas' when it comes to things transmitting/receiving radio: the things on the heads of insects are 'antennae' (or 'antennŠ' should you wish)[/pedantry].

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[pedantry] The plural of antenna is 'antennas' when it comes to things transmitting/receiving radio: the things on the heads of insects are 'antennae' (or 'antennŠ' should you wish)[/pedantry].
I have been with my wife 25 years and I have yet to find a word she can't spell? when typing my question I as always shouted up ' how do you spell Antenna ' Now I know she did not spell it wrong but you have come as close as anyone I have known to catching her out .

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my next question was where am I best getting one from and you have collectively given me the product and where from so cheers
i will give salty john a ring in morning .
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